Isle of Skye
Scotland's dramatic landscapes can be enjoyed year-round, but there's something quite remarkable about its brooding hills in the winter months. The Isle of Skye, the largest and northernmost island of the Inner Hebrides, is dotted with shimmering, windswept lochs and jagged peaks. Despite the island's off-grid location, a thriving foodie scene exists here - hand-dived scallops and langoustines, some of the world's finest native oysters and sustainable eateries make this a great choice for a culinary adventure. But where to feast? The Three Chimneys is ideal for a five-course supper, while the Red Skye Restaurant is our call for a long, lazy lunch. Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in discovering Skye's magnificent attractions, which include the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, the mountain pass of Quiraing and Dunvegan Castle.
Where to stay: Perched on southern Skye's Sound of Sleat, Kinloch Lodge is the island's favourite countryside retreat. Bedrooms hit the sweet spot between cosy and chic, with muted colour palettes, goose-feather mattress toppers and roll-top baths. Meanwhile, a sea-to-plate menu beats the drum for Skye's local larder. There are plenty of outdoor pursuits to enjoy, too, from foraging and fishing to wild walks and stalking.